Tag Archives: 1992

Fantastic Four Monsters Unleased Trade Paperback (1992)

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I think there are times when you should totally get the monthly issues as well as any of the trades available.  I must admit – this story, to me, is one of the more underrated Fantastic Four stories.  In fact, if you ask a regular comic reader I bet half wouldn’t even know about this incarnation of the FF.

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But yes, there as a time in comic history where three of the FF was missing and a new foursome had to form to face a new threat.  The pairings seemed like an odd choice at the time but were probably the most popular characters at Marvel at the time.  Spider-Man, Wolverine, Ghost Rider and the Hulk.

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Not just any Hulk but the grey Hulk – the Las Vegas bouncer Mr Fixit!  Also one of the more memorable features is that this story arc is drawn by the uber talented Art Adams!  My copy of the trade was signed by the artist a few years ago at Boston Comic Con.

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Originally these issues were so popular they went into the rare second printing.  While that is a common place practice now second printings didn’t just happen.  I am lucky enough to have issue #347 and am looking to add #348 when I find it.

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Infinity War Hanging Promo (1992)

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Every once in a while when my LCS gets in collections there are hidden treasures.  While searching through the many, many new action figures they bought I caught a flash of Thanos on the bottom of the box.  I asked to see it and he pulled out a tangled mess that is this hanging mobile promo piece.  He worked it a little bit and was able to get the thing completely free.  Truly, it was a thing of beauty!  He quoted me a price that I was more than hap with and was able to take it home with me that day.  Sometimes, these pieces excite me more than the actual comics do!

Prominently featuring the Hulk in the group of heroes fighting back against Magus and Thanos. You just have to love the Infinity Stones and the hovering heroes above!  With Ron Lim art you can’t go wrong either – the whole thing is just gorgeous!  Super excited to include this piece to my collection for sure!

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Boom – A Comic I Never Thought I’d Find… and I Found Two

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A while a ago CBSI (Comic Book Speculation and Investing) laid out a list of some of the rarest comic books you probably haven’t heard of (Click on the image for the link).  Now, this is a great little list and all – even though it’s without statistics, numbers and it’s lacking of any facts – but I see where they were going with it.  Truth is – and any seasoned comic collector can attest to – that it’s not the #1 that is the rarest of a series, it’s the last issue.  The issue right before the series is cancelled.  The items on the list may be slightly tongue in cheek and it seems to pick the oddest titles but it also makes a lot of sense.  Theses series obviously didn’t have large print runs to begin with and they were cancelled with even lower runs.

I couldn’t find much information about actual existing copies but, as a man trying to gather every Hulk appearance, finding these two gems are a huge win!  I’ve never seen copies of this issue in person until today and I was actually lucky enough to find TWO.  I know it sounds odd – but this made me happier than it probably should have!

I will be showcasing this guest-shot in the monthly feature I’ve been doing of Hulk appearances but it’s set to post in the fall.  Anyone else out there have this issue?  I’ve read it (sadly) and it was hilarious and terrible at the same time.

Better then a Pumice Stone: A Year of Cringe-Worthy Hulk Moments – Week 5

Let’s have a little fun and discuss some of the more graphic, violent, sad, or just plain awkward moments that have plastered the Hulk history.  Be it a passing meeting between spouses or a gruesome scene that nobody saw coming – this year I’ll have you squirming in your seat!

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The Hulk has some really fantastic villains – one of the better super groups that the Hulk faces off against is the quartet called the U-Foes.  This scene is contained in the pages of The Incredible Hulk #398 where the Hulk, straight from a visit to Vegas and a team up with the Punisher, has to battle the group… along with the Leader and a couple of his self made baddies.

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Iron Clad may be the biggest but the Hulk can tackle the biggest of them no problem – it’s Vector that provides our gory scene this week.  He seers the Hulk’s skin off with his matter repelling power and leaves the Hulk a charred husk.  A husk that still bats Vector away like a flea and then uses his healing factor to regrow his skin in mere minutes.  Of course, that also leaves him having to handle his next moves with his big, green dong hanging out.

Thunderbolt is Back!: A Year of Cringe-Worthy Hulk Moments – Week 4

Let’s have a little fun and discuss some of the more graphic, violent, sad, or just plain awkward moments that have plastered the Hulk history.  Be it a passing meeting between spouses of a gruesome scene that nobody saw coming – this year I’ll have you squirming in your seat!

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What would you do to your worst enemy?  What if your worst enemy was already dead?  Would you wish another sworn enemy to take his deceased body, reanimate it and turn it into a mindless killing machine?  Because we find out that’s what happened to General Thunderbolt Ross.

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In The Incredible Hulk #400 with Rick Jones searching for a cure (for death) for Marlo… who died.  From being stabbed.  To death.  He finds the Leader willing to help him – and as proof that he has done this type of thing before he has his Redeemer assassin lift his helmet to reveal a catatonic (and certainly not dead) Ross.  I shocking and depressing revelation to one of the oldest Hulk foes.

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Helicopter Parent: A Year of Cringe-Worthy Hulk Moments – Week 2

Let’s have a little fun and discuss some of the more graphic, violent, sad, or just plain awkward moments that have plastered the Hulk history.  Be it a passing meeting between spouses of a gruesome scene that nobody saw coming – this year I’ll have you squirming in your seat!

From the gross to the… well different kind of gross.  There is a fine line between brilliance and madness.  Of course, there are people who go WAY over that line and cross into nutball city without a plan for a return trip.  That person happens to be the woman named Jackie.  A woman whose latest obsession has landed on Rick Jones.

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Rick was introduced to us as a boy, with an aversion to people thinking him chicken, with no family as his own.  This made him the perfect ally and, to an extent, sidekick to the Incredible Hulk!  Years of hanging out with super-heroes landed Rick a gig as the host of his very own talk show – and from there he met Jackie.  A normal looking woman who, by all accounts, seemed to be on the up and up, and claimed to be Rick’s mother.  Of course, that wasn’t true… and the truth was even more horrifying.

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Rick was drugged, then dragged to a basement and chained to the wall… next to the rotting corpses of Jackie’s other “sons”.  Marlo and Betty tried to help – but that got Marlo stabbed to death and Betty choked out (thankfully Betty persevered and knocked that bitch out with a fireplace poker).  Beautifully illustrated by Dale Keown it was at one of the Jade Giant’s height of popularity when the stories had a twist on almost every page!

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Hulk #6 – Green Version

Is Wizard still around?  If so, does it still have multiple covers?  If so, does anyone actually still buy the magazine?  I fondly remember picking this magazine up issue anfter issue and reading it cover to cover!  Wizard was THE name in comic news… and then things went a little south.  For a while Wizard tried to get into the retail business – selling statues and figures on thier site.  I don’t know anyone who bought from them – and more so – most of them laughed at the “value” they placed on things.  Even the price guide was viewed as an unreliable source.  They tried to offer the magazine without the price guide – which showed the lack of real content all that more apparent.  It’s too bad really, like I said, I loved this mag back in the day.  And these two are my favorite covers.  The green version seems to be easier to find – the grey version is my personal favorite though – from artist elite, Sam Kieth!

Wizard #6 – Grey Version – when they were still incorporating the Wizard cloak into the covers!